The Football League Paper - - INSIDE: - By John Lyons

THE Foot­ball League have ex­pressed their ‘dis­ap­point­ment’ at the fact the 2022 Qatar World Cup will dis­rupt the sea­son – but are now keen to find out ex­actly what the im­pli­ca­tions are.

World gov­ern­ing body FIFA con­firmed last week that the fi­nal will take place on De­cem­ber 18, with the tour­na­ment pos­si­bly last­ing 28 days.

Foot­ball League chief ex­ec­u­tive Shaun Har­vey said: “While we re­main dis­ap­pointed that the 2022 World Cup will be staged dur­ing the sea­son, hav­ing cer­tainty over the dates will at least now give us the op­por­tu­nity to con­sider the im­pli­ca­tions for the do­mes­tic league and cup fix­ture cal­en­dar.

“We will now seek prompt clar­i­fi­ca­tion as to whether do­mes­tic com­pe­ti­tions will be per­mit­ted to con­tinue dur­ing the pe­riod of the tour­na­ment, if that ul­ti­mately proves to be the choice of our clubs, and whether any such matches could be broad­cast on tele­vi­sion.”

Mean­while, FIFA has al­lowed the emer­gency loan sys­tem to con­tinue in Eng­land next sea­son af­ter fears it would be abol­ished.

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